Phone tower plan ap­proved

SHOP­PING CEN­TRE SITE TO PRE­SERVE PUB­LIC OPEN SPACE

Comment News (Armadale) - - News - Jes­sica Nico

THE City of Ar­madale has ap­proved the in­stal­la­tion of a 23.9m telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions tower at the Har­ris­dale Shop­ping Cen­tre.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was made on be­half of Tel­stra and re­quested a tower and equip­ment shel­ter be in­stalled at the shop­ping cen­tre to the west of Aldi and north of the load­ing bay en­trance in a bid to im­prove re­cep­tion and ser­vices in Har­ris­dale and Piara Wa­ters.

A coun­cil report said Piara Wa­ters Oval, Sheaf Park, Mar­seille Park, Bur­to­nia Park, Jim and Alma Baker Park and Heron­wood Re­serve had all been dis­cussed as po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions, but Ar­madale chief ex­ec­u­tive Ray Tame said the loss of pub­lic open space meant they were not be­lieved to be as good a lo­ca­tion as the shop­ping cen­tre.

“There are enough en­croach­ments di­min­ish­ing the pub­lic open space avail­able for en­joy­ment by the pub­lic with­out al­lo­cat­ing to com­mer­cial uses such as this,” he said.

“The pub­lic would quickly re­spond if we ap­proved a tower in such a lo­ca­tion. It is far prefer­able for a util­ity struc­ture such as this to be as­so­ci­ated with com­mer­cial struc­tures, set back from the street frontage.”

While more than 100 no­tices were sent to nearby res­i­dents, the City said just four pub­lic sub­mis­sions were re­ceived, three against and one sup­port­ing the tower.

Tel­stra area gen­eral man­ager Boyd Brown said cus­tomers in Piara Wa­ters and Har­ris­dale were cur­rently re­ly­ing on mo­bile base sta­tions in Jan­dakot, Can­ning Vale, South­ern River and For­rest­dale and this dis­tance con­trib­uted to weaker mo­bile sig­nals and slower data trans­fer.

He said the tower would im­prove 3G and 4G ser­vices and give res­i­dents good, re­li­able call qual­ity.

“The area has seen in­creased cus­tomer de­mand on the mo­bile net­work and due to the na­ture of mo­bile tech­nol­ogy cus­tomers lo­cated fur­ther away from the base sta­tion can ex­pe­ri­ence slower data speeds and re­duced con­nec­tiv­ity when a site reaches its ca­pac­ity,” he said.

“The pro­posed new base sta­tion would pro­vide improved in­build­ing cov­er­age and sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in data and net­work ac­ces­si­bil­ity.”

Mr Brown said dur­ing the com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion phase, Tel­stra had re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back from about 140 res­i­dents and ob­jec­tions from three.

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